Patients and Caregivers Can Connect Others Like Them
December 31, 2010
Editor’s note: Cynthia Floyd Manley, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s associate director for communications, will appear on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act on Monday, Jan. 3, to discuss social networking for cancer survivors and caregivers.
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has joined with the national CancerConnect.com initiative to launch a new online community for people impacted by cancer.
As a part of this program, members of the Vanderbilt community are also invited to participate in more than 30 national communities specific to types of cancer as well as groups focused on care giving, health and wellness, clinical trials, insurance, nutrition, and survivorship.
“People with cancer and their caregivers need ongoing access to support, not just during their visits with their medical team but when they go home,” said Debra Friedman, M.D., medical director of the Vanderbilt REACH for Survivorship Program.
“Increasingly, online communities and social networks are playing an important role in connecting survivors, caregivers and others who are dealing with similar issues, fears and challenges. We are pleased to offer this opportunity not only to the patients and caregivers being served by our center, but to any survivor or caregiver who is seeking support from a community of others who share their interests.”
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, one in five American internet users participate in social networking sites such as Facebook. About 2/3 of Americans go online for health information and support.
As a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute (one of the National Institutes of Health), Vanderbilt-Ingram has a commitment not only to innovative cancer research but to developing and offering initiatives such as CancerConnect.com to improve quality of life for cancer survivors and their families, regardless of where they received their treatment. This commitment is also reflected in the REACH for Survivorship Program, which helps survivors as they make the transition from active cancer treatment to long-term survival.
CancerConnect.com is an initiative of OMNI Health Media, which publishes cancer-related information, websites, and content specifically for consumers. Established in 1996, OMNI develops and distributes multi-media health education content and programming with an emphasis on cancer and women’s health. Learn more about Cancer Connect.
A part of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the only one in Tennessee that conducts research and provides treatment for patients of all ages. Vanderbilt-Ingram is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a non-profit alliance of 21 leading centers working together to improve quality and effectiveness of cancer care for patients everywhere.